Office of Readings - Solemnity for Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Office of Readings for the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

God, come to my assistance.
Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia.

HYMN

Ave Maria, gratia plena
Maria, gratia plena
Maria, gratia plena
Ave, ave dominus
Dominus tecum
Benedicta tu in mulieribus
Et benedictus
Et benedictus fructus ventris
Ventris tui, Jesus
Ave Maria!

Ave Maria Mater Dei
Ora pro nobis peccatoribus
Ora, ora pro nobis
Ora ora pro nobis peccatoribus
Nunc et in hora mortis
In hora mortis, nostrae
In hora mortis mortis nostrae
In hora mortis, nostrae
Ave Maria!

English Translation

Hail Mary, full of grace,
the Lord is with thee,
blessed art thou amongst women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.

𝄞"Ave Maria" by Melinda Kirigin-Voss • • Title: Ave Maria; Artist: Melinda Kirigin-Voss; Used with permission • Albums that contain this Hymn: Yesterday, Today, and Forever

PSALMODY

Ant. 1 Arise, O Virgin Queen, you are for ever worthy of our praise; take your place in the glorious dwelling place of the eternal king.

Psalm 24
The Lord’s entry into his temple

Christ opened heaven for us in the manhood he assumed (St. Irenaeus).

The Lord’s is the earth and its fullness,
the world and all its peoples.
It is he who set it on the seas;
on the waters he made it firm.

Who shall climb the mountain of the Lord?
Who shall stand in his holy place?
The man with clean hands and pure heart,
who desires not worthless things,
who has not sworn so as to deceive their neighbor.

He shall receive blessings from the Lord
and reward from the God who saves him.
Such are the men who seek him,
seek the face of the God of Jacob.

O gates, lift high your heads;
grow higher, ancient doors.
Let him enter, the king of glory!

Who is the king of glory?
The Lord, the mighty, the valiant,
the Lord, the valiant in war.

O gates, lift high your heads;
grow higher, ancient doors.
Let him enter, the king of glory!

Who is he, the king of glory?
He, the Lord of armies,
he is the king of glory.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. Arise, O Virgin Queen, you are for ever worthy of our praise; take your place in the glorious dwelling place of the eternal king.

Ant. 2 The Lord has chosen her, his loved one from the beginning. He has taken her to live with him.

Psalm 46
God our refuge and strength

He shall be called Emmanuel, which means: God-with-us (Matthew 1:23).

God is for us a refuge and strength,
a helper close at hand, in time of distress,
so we shall not fear though the earth should rock,
though the mountains fall into the depths of the sea;
even though its waters rage and foam,
even though the mountains be shaken by its waves.

The Lord of hosts is with us:
the God of Jacob is our stronghold.

The waters of a river give joy to God’s city,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within, it cannot be shaken;
God will help it at the dawning of the day.
Nations are in tumult, kingdoms are shaken:
he lifts his voice, the earth shrinks away.

The Lord of hosts is with us:
the God of Jacob is our stronghold.

Come, consider the works of the Lord,
the redoubtable deeds he has done on the earth.
He puts an end to wars over all the earth;
the bow he breaks, the spear he snaps.
He burns the shields with fire.
“Be still and know that I am God,
supreme among the nations, supreme on the earth!”

The Lord of hosts is with us:
the God of Jacob is our stronghold.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. The Lord has chosen her, his loved one from the beginning. He has taken her to live with him.

Ant. 3 Glorious things are said of you, O Virgin Mary.

Psalm 87
Jerusalem is mother of us all

The heavenly Jerusalem is a free woman; she is our mother (Galatians 4:26).

On the holy mountain is his city
cherished by the Lord.
The Lord prefers the gates of Zion
to all Jacob’s dwellings.
Of you are told glorious things,
O city of God!

“Babylon and Egypt I will count
among those who know me;
Philistia, Tyre, Ethiopia,
these will be her children
and Zion shall be called “Mother”
for all shall be her children.”

It is he, the Lord Most High,
who gives each his place.
In his register of peoples he writes:
“These are her children,”
and while they dance they will sing:
“In you all find their home.”

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. Glorious things are said of you, O Virgin Mary.

Sacred Silence (indicated by a bell) – a moment to reflect and receive in our hearts the full resonance of the voice of the Holy Spirit and to unite our personal prayer more closely with the word of God and public voice of the Church.

Blessed are you, Mary, because you believed.
The Lord’s words to you have been fulfilled.

READINGS

First reading
From the letter of the apostle Paul to the Ephesians
1:16-2:10
In Christ Jesus God has given us a seat in the heavenly places

I have never stopped thanking God for you and recommending you in my prayers. May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, grant you a spirit of wisdom and insight to know him clearly. May he enlighten your innermost vision that you may know the great hope to which he has called you, the wealth of his glorious heritage to be distributed among the members of the church, and the immeasurable scope of his power in us who believe. It is like the strength he showed in raising Christ from the dead and seating him at his right hand in heaven, high above every principality, power, virtue, and domination, and every name that can be given in this age or in the age to come.

He has put all things under Christ’s feet and has made him, thus exalted, head of the church, which is his body: the fullness of him who fills the universe in all its parts.

You were dead because of your sins and offenses, as you gave allegiance to the present age and to the prince of the air, that spirit who is even now at work among the rebellious. All of us were once of their company; we lived at the level of the flesh, following every whim and fancy, and so by nature deserved God’s wrath like the rest.

But God is rich in mercy; because of his great love for us he brought us to life with Christ when we were dead in sin. By this favor you were saved. Both with and in Christ Jesus he raised us up and gave us a place in the heavens, that in the ages to come he might display the great wealth of his favor, manifested by his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.

I repeat, it is owing to his favor that salvation is yours through faith. This is not your own doing, it is God’s gift; neither is it a reward for anything you have accomplished, so let no one pride himself on it. We are truly his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to lead the life of good deeds which God prepared for us in advance.

RESPONSORY

How lovely and beautiful are you, O Virgin Mary. You have left this world to be joined with Christ.
Adorned with heavenly power you shine forth like the sun among the saints.

The angels rejoice, and the archangels sing your praises, O Virgin Mary.
Adorned with heavenly power you shine forth like the sun among the saints.

Second reading
From the apostolic constitution Munificentissimus Deus by Pope Pius XII
Your body is holy and excelling in splendor

In their homilies and sermons on this feast the holy fathers and great doctors spoke of the assumption of the Mother of God as something already familiar and accepted by the faithful. They gave it greater clarity in their preaching and used more profound arguments in setting out its nature and meaning. Above all, they brought out more clearly the fact that what is commemorated in this feast is not simply the total absence of corruption from the dead body of the Blessed Virgin Mary but also her triumph over death and her glorification in heaven, after the pattern set by her only Son, Jesus Christ.

Thus Saint John Damascene, preeminent as the great preacher of this truth of tradition, speaks with powerful eloquence when he relates the bodily assumption of the loving Mother of God to her other gifts and privileges: “It was necessary that she who had preserved her virginity inviolate in childbirth should also have her body kept free from all corruption after death. It was necessary that she who had carried the Creator as a child on her breast should dwell in the tabernacles of God. It was necessary that the bride espoused by the Father should make her home in the bridal chambers of heaven. It was necessary that she, who had gazed on her crucified Son and been pierced in the heart by the sword of sorrow which she had escaped in giving him birth, should contemplate him seated with the Father. It was necessary that the Mother of God should share the possessions of her Son, and be venerated by every creature as the Mother and handmaid of God.”

Saint Germanus of Constantinople considered that it was in keeping not only with her divine motherhood but also with the unique sanctity of her virginal body that it was incorrupt and carried up to heaven: “In the words of Scripture, you appear in beauty. Your virginal body is entirely holy, entirely chaste, entirely the house of God, so that for this reason also it is henceforth a stranger to decay: a body changed, because a human body, to a preeminent life of incorruptibility, but still a living body, excelling in splendor, a body inviolate and sharing in the perfection of life.”

Another early author declares: “Therefore, as the most glorious Mother of Christ, our God and Savior, giver of life and immortality, she is enlivened by him to share an eternal incorruptibility of body with him who raised her from the tomb and took her up to himself in a way he alone can tell.”

All these reasonings and considerations of the holy Fathers rest on Scripture as their ultimate foundation. Scripture portrays the loving Mother of God, almost before our very eyes, as most intimately united with her divine Son and always sharing in his destiny.

Above all, it must be noted that from the second century the holy Fathers present the Virgin Mary as the new Eve, most closely associated with the new Adam, though subject to him in the struggle against the enemy from the nether world. This struggle, as the first promise of a redeemer implies, was to end in perfect victory over sin and death, always linked together in the writings of the Apostle of the Gentiles. Therefore, just as the glorious resurrection of Christ was an essential part of this victory and its final trophy, so the struggle shared by the Blessed Virgin and her Son was to end in glorification of her virginal body. As the same Apostle says: When this mortal body has clothed itself in immortality, then will be fulfilled the word of Scripture: Death is swallowed up in victory.

Hence, the august Mother of God, mysteriously united from all eternity with Jesus Christ in one and the same decree of predestination, immaculate in her conception, a virgin inviolate in her divine motherhood, the wholehearted companion of the divine Redeemer who won complete victory over sin and its consequences, gained at last the supreme crown of her privileges—to be preserved immune from the corruption of the tomb, and, like her Son, when death had been conquered, to be carried up body and soul to the exalted glory of heaven, there to sit in splendor at the right hand of her Son, the immortal King of the ages.

RESPONSORY

This is the glorious day, on which the Virgin Mother of God was taken up to heaven; let us sing these words in her praise:
Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.

Happy are you, holy Virgin Mary, and most worthy of all praise, from your womb Christ the Sun of Justice has risen.
Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.

TE DEUM

You are God: we praise you;
You are the Lord: we acclaim you;
You are the eternal Father:
All creation worships you.

To you all angels, all the powers of heaven,
Cherubim and Seraphim, sing in endless praise:
Holy, holy, holy, Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.

The glorious company of apostles praise you.
The noble fellowship of prophets praise you.
The white-robed army of martyrs praise you.

Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you:
Father, of majesty unbounded,
your true and only Son, worthy of all worship,
and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.

You, Christ, are the King of glory,
the eternal Son of the Father.

When you became man to set us free
you did not spurn the Virgin’s womb.

You overcame the sting of death,
and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.

You are seated at God’s right hand in glory.
We believe that you will come, and be our judge.

Come then, Lord, and help your people,
bought with the price of your own blood,
and bring us with your saints
to glory everlasting.

Save your people, Lord, and bless your inheritance.
Govern and uphold them now and always.

Day by day we bless you.
We praise your name for ever.

Keep us today, Lord, from all sin.
Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy.

Lord, show us your love and mercy,
for we have put our trust in you.

In you, Lord, is our hope:
And we shall never hope in vain.

CONCLUDING PRAYER

O God, who,
looking on the lowliness of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
raised her to this grace,
that your Only Begotten Son was born of her according to the flesh
and that she was crowned this day with surpassing glory,
grant through her prayers,
that, saved by the mystery of your redemption,
we may merit to be exalted by you on high.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

ACCLAMATION (at least in the communal celebration)

Let us praise the Lord.
And give him thanks.

The English translation of The Liturgy of the Hours (Four Volumes) ©1974, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. Readings and Old and New Testament Canticles (except the Gospel Canticles) are from the New American Bible © 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Washington, D.C.. Used with permission. All rights reserved. The DivineOffice.org website, podcast, apps and all related media follows the liturgical calendar for the United States. The 1970 edition of the New American Bible as published in the Liturgy of the Hours is approved for use only in the United States. DivineOffice.org website, podcast, apps and all related media is © 2006-2022 Surgeworks, Inc. All rights reserved.

21 thoughts on “Office of Readings – Solemnity

  1. Lord Jesus thank you for the gift of your Mother Mary to us. Mother Mary, I honor and praise you on this day of your assumption into heaven. I am so proud of you as our mother. Continue to pray for us and intercede for us always. Amen.

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  3. O Jesus, eternal Priest, as a gift to Your Mother and ours, on the Feast of her Assumption to Heaven,

    Keep Your priests within the shelter of Your Sacred Heart,
    where none may touch them.
    Keep unstained their anointed hands,
    which daily touch Your Sacred Body.
    Keep unsullied their lips,
    daily purpled with your Precious Blood.
    Keep pure and unearthly their hearts,
    sealed with the sublime mark of the priesthood.

    O, Immaculate Mother, we repentant sinners, renew and ratify today in your hands, the vows of our baptism. We renounce Satan and resolve to follow Jesus Christ even more closely than before.

    Mary, we give you our hearts. Please set them on fire with love for Jesus. Make them always attentive to His burning thirst for love and for souls. Keep our hearts in your most pure Heart that we may love Jesus and the members of His Body with your own perfect love.

    Mary, we entrust ourselves totally to you: body and soul, our goods, both interior and exterior, and even the value of all our good actions. Please make of us, of all that we are and have, whatever most pleases you. Let us be a fit instrument in your immaculate and merciful hands for bringing the greatest possible glory to God. If we fall, please lead us back to Jesus. Wash us in the blood and water that flow from His pierced side, and help us never to lose our trust in this fountain of love and mercy.

    With you, O Immaculate Mother – you who always do the will of God – we unite ourselves to the perfect consecration of Jesus as He offers Himself in the Spirit to the Father for the life of the world. Amen.

    We Love You, O God
    By St Jean Marie Baptiste Vianney (1786-1859)

    We love You,
    O God
    and our only desire is to love You
    until the last breath of life.
    We love You,
    O my infinitely lovable and infinitely loving God
    and we would rather die loving You,
    than live without loving You.

    May everyone, amidst all circumstances, today rejoice. This is the glorious day, on which the Virgin Mother of God was taken up to heaven; let us sing these words in her praise:
    — Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.

    Happy are you, holy Virgin Mary, and most worthy of all praise, from your womb Christ the Sun of Justice has risen.
    — Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.

    We praise You, God.
    You are the Lord: we acclaim You;
    You are the eternal Father:
    All creation worships you.

    O Jesus, Divine Master, we thank and bless Your most merciful Heart for having given us Mary most holy as our Mother, Teacher and Queen. From the cross You placed us all in her hands. You gave her a great heart, much wisdom and immense power. May all mankind know her, pray to her! May all permit themselves to be led by her to You, the Savior of mankind! We place ourselves in her hands, as You place Yourself. With this Mother we want to live now, in the hour of our death, and for all eternity.

    Glorious Mother, share with us all, the exultant joy and feasting in heaven which you fully deserve. Remember my Joseph; may he be singing with all the Angels and Saints now, with Jesus, Heaven’s Main Cantor, your Magnificat.

    We join our voices: My soul doth magnify the Lord. And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior. For He hath regarded: the lowliness of His handmaid: For behold, from henceforth: all generations shall call me blessed. For He that is mighty hath magnified me: and holy is His Name.

    Amen.

  4. Blessed Mother of Jesus today we celebrate where you belong with your son next to him loving him as you did from the moment of your Conception. My beautiful Mary Pray for us and help us love and understand your son as you did. Happy Assumption Day

  5. Today on the Solemnity of the Assumption is Day 1 of 54-day novena for our nation; it ends on the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, Oct 7. Join in saying a Rosary each day for the healing of our beloved USA. Details and prayers at USGaceForce.com. 2 Chronicles 7:14

  6. Dear Mother Mary, please pray for us & our families. Thank you for your loving kindness, guidance & protection. We love you & honor you & lead us all to heaven one day, amen!

  7. Our Queen Mother, exalted in heaven, please pray for us that we may possess Jesus, Your Son our Redeemer and our Brother, for all eternity. Amen!

  8. Dear Blessed Mother, the second reading this morning explains thoroughly why you were assumed into heaven without your holy body, the temple of Jesus, the chalice of His Blood, having to go through decay, which my sinful body will have to go through. Thank you very, very much for inspiring the Divine Office.org. I will offer today’s Holy Mass, Communion, and all the indulgences that I can get for this organization, for all those the girls and women named after you, for every soul that Jesus wants saved, which is everyone, and for the poor souls in purgatory. Love my son Joseph tenderly; I named him after your earthly spouse; he is there with you now. And convert my son, Michael back to the Catholic Church. Dear Mother, I am sorry that I did not take care of God’s most precious gifts to me, my sons but remember that I offered my bambinos to you when they were very little. I told you that you are their mother more than I; that i knew that I was not going to be like you with your Bambino, Jesus. PLEASE, PLEASE INCLUDE MY SON, JOSEPH, IN TODAY’S HOLY FEAST IN HEAVEN; AND DRAW MY SON MICHAEL, BACK TO THE CATHOLIC CHURCH. Oh God, I am very, very sorry for having lived a wretched life but but Your grace, and all the intercessory prayers on my behalf, I am back. Oh Holy Spirit, thank You for inspiring the Divine Office. org. Thank You for inspiring the Word On Fire Movement. Remember Your promise: that in spite my age, I will run like a young woman, inflame me with the desire for the everlasting hills. Give me strength in everything. St. Therese, Little Flower, help me live up to your Act of Oblation, which I love. Amen.

    • Thank you for this beautiful, honest and open letter. God and Mary have mercy on all of us. God thank you for keeping Joseph with you. Bring Michael, my dear brother Brian, his friend Fergus and all who are lost back home again. Thank you Mary, St. Joseph and Father, Son and Spirit Divine. Amen. Alleluia.

    • edenj, O thank you for this heartfelt prayer of yours this morning, “for this organization, for all those the girls and women named after you, for every soul that Jesus wants saved, which is everyone, and for the poor souls in purgatory” and your sons, Joseph and Michael. I am blessed by your words, and will pray for your sons. May the Lord especially bless you this day!

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